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How appropriate, because I am on my way to a beach right now! My reading goal for this trip is to read some of the books I’ve bought, but never read, specifically (I know you’re dying to know) “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, “Ender’s Game,” “The Red Scarf” by Kate Furnivall, and “Crescent” by Diana Abu-Jaber. I’ve been assured that I’ll enjoy Ender’s Game, and the others sound warm and fuzzy enough for a beach trip. And if it turns out that I don’t like them, well, GUESS I HAVE TO BUY MORE BOOKS.
(Kevin is thrilled.)
For more reliable vacation reads, these are some of my favorites.
1. “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. Pretty much anything with an Oprah sticker is probably a good choice for a beach read, except that one memoir that the guy totally lied about. I read this one after everyone and their mother’s book club recommended it to me, and I actually really enjoyed it.
2. “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer. I’m getting tired of writing out that title! Will y’all just read it so I can stop suggesting it?
3. “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory. This weighty historical romance is just the right size for a week at the beach. Unless you’re a speed reader, in which case I cannot help you.
4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Blowing through these in a weekend at the beach sounds like a pretty stellar vacation to me.
5. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. It has its flaws, but it’s an enjoyable read.
6. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. There are very few occasions for which “Pride and Prejudice” is not a good choice.
7. “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s one of those love-letters-to-books stories that have a soft spot in my heart, but I would really get a kick out of making someone shriek out loud, on the beach, at The Big Revelation at the end.
8. Anything by Michael Crichton. Except “Airframe,” if you’re flying to your beach. They shouldn’t even be allowed to sell that one in airport bookstores. Besides that, “Congo,” “Jurassic Park,” or “Timeline” would all be entertaining brain-popcorn reads.
9. “Beneath a Marble Sky” by John Shors. This would be a good fit with “Other Boleyn Girl,” since they have similar themes of royal intrigue, forbidden love, and happy(ish) endings in spite of everything.
10. Harry Potter. Again, is there any occasion when “Harry Potter” isn’t a good pick?
What are your favorite beach reads?